Vancouver bomb threat: Al Qaeda terror link or pure hoax?(Read article summary)
A Vancouver bomb threat on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong caused Canadian officials to send fighter jets to escort the plane to the airport Saturday.
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Following a bomb threat on a Cathay Pacific flight en route to Vancouver from Hong Kong, Canadian officials sent fighter jets to escort the plane to the airport. Once grounded at the Vancouver International Airport police conducted a thorough search of the plane and its luggage, but found no trace of explosives.
The Vancouver bomb threat comes as yet another scare in a series of foiled or failed terror attacks.
The plane landed safely on Saturday with 283 passengers and 14 crew members in good condition. Once on the ground, the passengers spent 2 hours in customs before leaving without their baggage.
Cathay Pacific has termed the bomb scare a "hoax," but officials are still looking into the matter.
“The threat is being taken very seriously and I'd just like to assure the traveling public that there is no threat to them at this time,” said Cpl. Sherrdean Turley, a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.